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Collaboration is more about you than about the people you’re collaborating with

When I tell new teams that “collaboration is more about you than about the people you’re collaborating with,” I always get questions like: “If collaboration is all about working with other people, shouldn’t we be more focused on them than on ourselves?” Or, “Isn’t it selfish to focus on ourselves when we should really be […]

How collaborative is your leadership team?

Put a group of smart, creative and committed leaders together and you don’t automatically get a high performing, collaborative leadership team. You’ll often get something that looks more like a polite cage fight, with each player jockeying for position, working hard to avoid losing and maximize winning (winning = more authority, recognition, control, territory, headcount, […]

The pitfalls of a smart executive team

Having the smartest people in the room sounds like a sure bet. How can you fail with all that intelligence and knowledge on your side? Pretty easily, it turns out. The list of major companies that have been routed or rendered irrelevant by smaller, more agile companies is long and well documented. Almost invariably these […]